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kerry was on the square in kiev where hundreds died in demonstrations trying to take down the pro russian prest. kerry denied that ukraine is plagued by the terror that russia says. >> rush ha is working hard to create a pretext for being able to advance further. >> the u.s. plan is to pressure putin not to. >> can we affect the outcome here? >> the former ambassador said that economic sanctions could stop putin. >> he is sensitive to that and he should be, because it could have a real effect on the economy. >> reporter: and in the congress are ready to freeze the assets of russia if there is no pull out of crimea, but putin said that any losses are mutual, because he said that russia, a big oil producer would retaliate against any sanctions. and finally, breaking news, the obama administration has decided to withhold an observation from the sochi paraolympics that are set to start soon, but the paralympian will compete. i 'm steve handelsman for news4. >>> and now, congress is struggling to get through the $ $3.9 trillion budget. it has many domestic initiatives such as kindergar
. >>> new developments in the crisis in ukraine. secretary of state john kerry issue add new warning to russia about keeping ukraine whole. and in congress republicans say they will work with president obama to face down vladimir putin. steve handelsman is on capitol hill with more on all this. steve? >> doreen, thanks. some are charging this crisis might never have happened if president obama in the pat had been tougher on russian president vladimir putin. they say they're eager now to help him get tougher. as the crisis in the crukraine, they're getting ared to convene. >> it's more than a cause for concern. it's a cause for action. >> reporter: and tenses rose in eastern ukraine. in crimea where the russian navy, air force, and army have control, russian advocates strapped in a cafe, a dutch united nations man finally three. aboorted his mission and checked vladimir putin's rationale for sending russians here. that they're in danger. in paris russian foreign minister met with secretary of state kerry but he refused to meet with ukrainians. >> we renew our call for russians to spea
. the u.s. is once again crashing with russian president vladimir put putin, secretary of state kerry warning vladimir putin to be careful after he ordered military drills near the ukrainian border. >> reporter: the russian defense minister may have denied there's any connection between president putin's sudden military order today and events unfolding in ukraine. all one really needs to do is take a look at a russian-ukrainian border where these complex war games will be playing out the next six days or so and see how close it is to ukraine's flash points, like the pro russian eastern ukraine, just to understand what might be called vladimir putin's unspoken message, something like don't push me in my own backyard. still, for several days now we've seen one russian official after the next speaking really with caution. what really seems to be driving all this uncertainty about putin's next move in ukraine is that an overriding sense he has to do something big to save face after the embarrassing collapse of his man, yanukovych. >> we're hoping russia will not see this as a continuation
near ukraine, secretary of state kerry talked on the phone to the foreign minister in moscow. who he said reyou a firmed russian president putin's promise to respect ukraine's borders. >> we believe that everybody now needs to step back and avoid any kind of provocations. >> reporter: but vladimir putin is also making clear russia is capable of invading ukraine. in 2008 russia did invade another neighboring nation, georgia. and last week's bloody protests in ukraine's capital kiev were a setback for russia prompting the national parliament to oust ukraine's pro russian president, viktor yanukovych. today near the big russian naval base that's in southern ukraine, pro russian army mob seized a government building and an anti-russian mob protested the. ukraine is dangerously divided and in financial crisis. defense secretary hagel warned moscow. >> i urged them not to take any steps that could be misinterpreted. >> reporter: putin's shove force by his navy, his air force and his ground forces despite putin's promise not interfere in ukraine is the biggest russian military move since th
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